4134 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN 46628
Phone: (574) 232-3200
Fax: (574) 232-7100
The Northern Indiana Center for History is housed in an elegant, 38-room Victorian Romanesque Queen Anne mansion, with original furnishings on all three floors. Other important sites include a 1930s cottage, a South Bend gallery, a gallery of Notre Dame history, exhibitions, and a children's museum.
The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic university founded in 1842, is perhaps best known for their mascot and sports teams, The Fighting Irish. Originally an all male school, Notre Dame only began admitting females in 1972. One cannot visit the campus without going to see the Golden Dome of the main building, a symbol of the school since it was placed there in 1879. Currently, the university is ranked 16th in the nation, and continues to be one of the most prestigious academic and athletic institutions in the United States. Notable alums include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, legendary football player and coach Knute Rockne, and media personality Phil Donahue.
First artificial whitewater course in North America and one of only six in the world. The Waterway opened in 1984 and routinely hosts national and word-class whitewater slalom races. The waterway brings Olympic winners and national champions to South Bend each season. The waterway and surrounding area are ideal settings for a variety of fun family activities. A seasoned, well-trained rescue team is on duty along the course during public operation hours
The Potawatomi Zoo is spread over a magnificent land cover of 23 acres (9.3 hectares). It forms a great highlight in the city of South Bend in the U.S. State of Indiana. It is home to approximately 400 animals. Rare Australian animals, large cats and primates are some of the distinctive features of the zoo. The rare and celebrated Edzoocation is the Education Department of the Zoo that offers an array of informative programs and classes for children as well as people from other ages. The zoo site welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year.
The Morris Conservatory and Muessel-Ellison Tropical Gardens are replete with tropical plants and exotic flora as well as water features that make for a pleasant visit. Explore the conservatory for a view of cacti, rubber trees, bougainvillea, and many more species. This park is also an ideal venue for parties, weddings, meetings, and social events that can accommodate about 200 guests.
Visit this library and enjoy extensive children's and reference materials, as well as information on local history and genealogy, and a state of the art computer lab.
An incredible place of beauty, Fernwood features 105 acres of beautiful gardens along the scenic St. Joseph River. There are miles of trails to explore. Indoors, visitors enjoy the nature center, fern conservatory, caf
Hickory Creek Winery focuses on completely handcrafted varieties of classic European style red, white and rose wines. The grapes, plucked from the winery, are fermented in small lots and aged in French oak barrels and steel tanks to ensure perfect refining and blending of flavors. The gift shop and tasting room are located in a charming red refurbished barn where you can taste a great variety of wines by the glass. The staff is knowledgeable and forthcoming with information. You can even get your wine mulled with spices or mustard. There is also a quaint cottage on the property which you can rent for a romantic weekend getaway.
For the connoisseurs of wine and food lovers, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant will come across as a dream come true. This gorgeous winery boasts of rolling vineyards that grow over 25 different varieties of grapes which then go into the making of all of their wines. Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant has a state-of-the-art winery which is responsible for the production of over 100,000 gallons of wine of which some of their labels have also been the preferred choice of guests at the White House. A luxurious wine tasting experience at Tabor Hill is incomplete without a meal at their on-site restaurant. Here, patrons are delighted with an ever-changing menu that incorporates seasonal ingredients. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the dining hall gives unprecedented views of the vineyard while the palate is being pampered with luscious flavors.
This library carries a large selection of books, magazines, maps, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and videos. It also offers art prints, sculptures, pamphlets, and learning aid toys. Library hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Island Park is at the convergence of the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers and is named such as it is a small islet reserved as a community park. This lovely parkland features a bandstand, gazebo, benches, picnic spots, a playground, restrooms, a sand volleyball court, trails, a pavilion, charcoal grill and drinking fountain. You can also do fishing here.
Northern Indiana, and specifically, the greater Elkhart area is known as the birthplace of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries. The Recreational Vehicle and Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame honors these industries